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     roughly plucked for your tuning pleasure.
   G string
       D string
           A string
                  E string  (highest)
here is a link to a website with tuning instructions and longer tones.

here is a D SCALE
  here is some guitar back-up for the D scale.
    here is the 1  2  3  4  1and2and3and4and  rhythm
here is twinkle twinkle little star
  time to frere' jaques in la matin
with angeline the baker   angeline part A  and  part B

   things to remember...
long bow strokes using the
         middle 3/5ths of the bow.

                         bow, perpendicular to the strings,
                         about halfway between the end of
                         the fingerboard and halfway to the bridge

      right hand; no fist! relaxed and
      rounded, both hands.

             relaxed right arm! pretend you
             have a book under your arm

    left arm supports neck with relaxed, curved                 hand,near the peghead. wrist straight or
        slightly bent back.
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When holding the neck of your fiddle, ensure your wrist is curved and your posture is perfect in order to create a rich tone.

Make sure your left wrist does not "collapse". You should support your fiddle with your neck and shoulder. Your left hand must be free to move, though you can bring your thumb underneath a bit to slightly counterbalance your fingers.

Keep your fingernails trimmed short. This is important for a clear sound. You should depress the strings with the tips of your fingers on your left hand and you won't do that well with long fingernails. Also, a good vibrato will not be achieved with long fingernails.

Hold the fiddle in a relaxed manner. The use of a shoulder rest will help. The shoulder rest prevents excessive tension in the shoulder.

Keep your fiddle up high on your left shoulder with the scroll out to your left rather than directly out in front of you as this can make proper left hand positioning very difficult.

Ensure that you look straight ahead, not down your strings as you play. This will have the effect that it's more the left side of your jawbone that rests on your "chinrest" than your chin.

Your bow should move perpendicular to the strings. Lead your bow with your right wrist. The stick of the bow should be slightly tilted toward the fingerboard (away from your face).

Be very careful to keep your pinky from "floating." Instead, make sure it's firmly on the nut or shaft of the bow but without being "buckled" or bent backwards.

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